Alcohol Law Change in Danville, KY

By Chris Russell on December 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

Visitors to Danville will find tons of dinner and entertainment options awaiting them.

The community has seen a big business surge recently as new restaurants, micro-breweries and package stores have started popping up. The catalyst for the new activity came on March 2, 2010 with a referendum to a law regarding alcohol sales.

Previously, the law allowed alcohol sales by the drink only in restaurants with a minimum of 100 seats. Now, the city has gone fully “wet.”

Also, in June 2009, the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership successfully advocated to extend weekend alcohol sales in Danville. Now, with the ability to serve alcohol seven days a week, the community profits for a full weekend from events, festivals, tourists and business visitors.

“Expanded alcohol sales have put Danville on the radar screen for many national restaurant chains that had not considered our location due to alcohol sales restrictions,” says Jody Lassiter, president and CEO of the Danville-Boyle County EDP.

The EDP’s primary objective in expanding alcohol sales was to increase options for downtown dining, retail and entertainment. As a result, the downtown business district alone has had an infusion of capital investment and job creation from three new restaurants, a microbrewery pub, a boutique spirit shop, and a soon-to-open nightclub/live music venue.

These investments are spurring other retail shops to locate downtown.

Lore Brewing

Lore Brewing is one of the companies to benefit from the law change. It was perfect timing for Lee and Ashley Rossman, who moved to Kentucky from Florida right around the time of the referendum. Lee owns the company and wife Ashley is the general manager.

“We are a microbrewery and homebrew supply shop. We have all the equipment and ingredients you need to make beer, wine and soda. We will have three flagship ales, seasonals and limited beers made in small batches only available at our brewery. Our beer will be available on tap at many local restaurants, in six packs at shops, and you can get growler fills at the brewery for a great price,” Ashley says.

She says she loves how Danville is “becoming a trendy hotspot and will continue to become great by doing new things and supporting local business.”

Bluegrass Pizza & Pub

Opened on June 7, 2010, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub features the only brick-oven pizza in Danville, dough that’s made fresh every day as well as the freshest ingredients and, whenever possible, locally-sourced produce.

Owners Colin and Melissa Masters take great pride in not only offering more than 50 menu items and drinks, but a fun and homey atmosphere. The walls are lined with rock, blues and bluegrass memorabilia as well as Melissa’s own photography.

Bluegrass Pizza & Pub is open Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Beer Engine

Located on Third Street in Danville, The Beer Engine serves up a dozen different brews including Belgian Heavy Horse, Virtue Porter and Freedom Ranger Pale. The Beer Engine is open Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Other businesses that have been helped by the referendum include V The Market, The Hub, The Bottle Shoppe, Liquor Bar and LiquorMart.

Learn about more places to dine in Danville, KY.

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